Archive for June, 2012

Smile

Posted by    |    June 26th, 2012 at 11:30 am

Smile was directed by Misko Iho.  The song was originally composed as an instrumental by Charlie Chaplin for his movie ‘Modern Times’. John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics some twenty years later and the voice belongs to Nat King Cole, who was the first one to sing it.  One would think you just walked up from behind them to see a beautiful yet powerful moment between two people.  Very nice work, good acting, and well done ending.

 

Back to Solitude Revisited

Posted by    |    June 21st, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Today, we revisit a review Hilary Kennedy wrote on an excellent new short film,  ”Back to Solitude“.  Hilary stated that this short film is must be seen several times before you fully realize the genius of the film’s concept.  (Unless you fancy yourself a Kubrick and totally get the abstract right off the bat.)  Her review follows.

This sweet, clever look at the construction and deconstruction of a relationship seems as if it could have come as some sort of dream in the night to the filmmaker. Once you see how beautifully shot, written, and acted this little “film-that-could” is, you’ll want to share it. (By the way, does anyone else think the lead actress has a slight resemblance to a young Alyssa Milano?)

One of the things that struck me most about this film is the backwards nature of our relationships from time to time in our lives.  How many of us have jumped into a romantic relationship feet first, without truly knowing the other person?  I confess that I may have even said the special “three little words” once to someone I probably didn’t know ten concrete things about.  Something about the whimsy, the ridiculousness, the energy of the unknown can make us fall in love with love, instead of who the person really is.  It’s such a backwards way of falling in love, yet people even marry or have children on these sorts of whims all the time.  Imagine how differently our favorite romantic movies would be in reverse…what if Julia Robert’s character in “Pretty Woman” began as the wife of a successful businessman, only to become a prostitute in the end?  What if Giselle from “Enchanted” started in love in New York with the jaded divorce lawyer and later ended up in Andulasia marrying her prince?  Hearing our beloved love stories in reverse really makes me stop and think of how often I have skipped over the valuable stuff of life to get to “the good part”.  Bottom line?  There is something to be learned from each phase of our relationships, and whether we throw caution to the wind or do things the traditional route, it can end happily either way.

A Split Second

Posted by    |    June 17th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

The creators of Those Moments selected an interesting subject about chance encounters and created a rather predictable story line.  Those Moments is worth the view when you have a moment and want some light entertainment.

LOV by Vanessa Bruno

Posted by    |    June 15th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

The following excerpt comes directly from Vimeo. “LOV, the new autumn-winter 2011-2012 film directed by Stephanie Di Giusto.

After Lou Doillon, there is the appearance of a another heroine: Kate Bosworth. Her mysteriousness, her strength. Also another side to femininity, a stirring truthfulness which is renewed with every look, every movement accompanied by a wisp of assertiveness and purity. A new gracefulness progressing to a confident allure, conquering, a battling frailty.
It starts with an urban universe almost futuristic where this femininity comes up against angles, up against emptiness where lines are sought for and where poetry is found. A surrealistic dance, frantic and lively giving a light note to this ballad, this adventure which is perhaps the landscape of a soul.
Then the thread of the tale gets tenser. We come across a more solemn Kate, looking inwards, a mysterious warrior. Kate runs away, frightened by her dark double, perhaps her mirror reflection, perhaps her sister in dreams. White horses bolt with the music, liberating her wildness and the impatient purity of her energy, of her victory.
Euphoria of flight, of a grace released from the surface, from reality. Light headed. Kate is at the top of a tree of life giving herself up to an appeasing sun, to a sensual rapture winging towards the heart of the matter, streaming along, a reflection on the water.
In fact, a love story.”

Moving Takahashi

Posted by    |    June 14th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Vimeo, Short of the Week and sites likes these give us a window into a treasure trove of great stories for our Dallas audience to enjoy.  According the website, Short of the Week, Jason Sondhi is a knowledgeable film academic and occasional filmmaker. Moving Takahashi, is a about young man, who, while moving furniture out of a posh LA home, encounters the family’s daughter overdosing on pills.  You can get the rest of the Sondhi’s review here.

Do You Have What it Takes to be the Next Bachelor?

Posted by    |    June 12th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

 

photo courtesy of wfaa.com

Are you young and handsome? Are you suave and debonair almost too a fault? Do you possess the phenomenal ability to balance 25 to 30 girlfriends at once? Then you just might have what it takes to be next season’s bachelor.

ABC’s The Bachelor is holding auditions in Dallas this Wednesday, June 13 to find a new leading man. If you think you have what it takes to be the bachelor or the girl of his dreams, come to 3030 Olive Street #101 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Wednesday. Bring a photo ID and be at least 21 and you might just have a shot at true love.

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The Division of Gravity

Posted by    |    June 11th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Writing for Shorts of the Week, critic Craig Downing does a masterful job reviewing a work by Rob Chiu about the life cycle of a romantic relationship.  We thought our Dallas audience would enjoy this short film and Craig Downing’s review which is so good we present it below in its entirety from their website.

Downing wrote, “Like a beautiful warning, The Division Of Gravity depicts the tumultuous union, and dissolution, of a romantic relationship. Exploring the young marriage of a workaholic photographer and his new bride, director Rob Chiu uses gorgeous cinematography and breathless editing, combined with a keen sensitivity towards the fragility of love, to deliver timeless advice with the very medium that often consumes artists’ lives and leaves those they love in the dark.

Via rich visual, auditory, and narrative montage, the film exposes us to the far too common timeline of a romantic relationship. Stunning film techniques lure us into the irresistible rush of a developing relationship, yet we can’t seem to turn away when the true human issues develop that predictable momentum and the dynamics slowly shift from confident joy to insecure despair. The Division Of Gravity tactfully, honestly, and tenderly, navigates the beautiful and sometimes sloppy course of human relationships with a precise balance of visual aesthetics and emotional risk.  With a classic theme, The Division Of Gravity is a modern and poetic piece about the real insights that we have the opportunity to learn from one another even as a relationship falls apart.

Why does the drama in this piece work? The Division of Gravity is a film which invites the viewer to connect with the film naturally.  When writers simply just shotgun drama into a short, it doesn’t work. Chiu doesn’t rush the emotional pace of this film; he allows the drama some breathing room.  As Rob creates dramatic space, he gives us time to process and empathize with the characters and their emotions.  He also doesn’t let any one of the forms dominate the film.  While the narrative, the music, and the cinematography hit their marks, each is discreet while inviting us to connect with the story on our own terms rather than demanding that we do.

Chiu is represented in the UK through Stink, and has produced quite a bit of commercial work over the last couple of years. However it is the striking look, and emotional intensity of his narrative work—Division of Gravity, and before it, Fear/Love—which has sealed his reputation on the internet.  A visual stylist, Chiu began his professional career in design and motion graphics, a sensibility which expressed itself well in his 2005 animation, Black Day to Freedomand in his lauded 2007 title sequence for the prestigious OFFF festival. Collaborating again with DP Paul O’Callaghan, Division of Gravity is an undeniably beautiful film, but it is the emotional arc, and growing maturity of Chiu’s storytelling which elevate the work, and make Chiu a filmmaker worth paying attention to going forward.”  Well done.